|Description||A horror drama anthology, with each season as a self-contained story.|
|Actors||A list of the actors|
|Trailer||Season 1 Trailer|
Creators Murphy and Falchuk began working on American Horror Story before their Fox series Glee began production. Murphy wanted to do the opposite of what he had done previously and thus began his work on the series. He stated, "I went from Nip/Tuck to Glee, so it made sense that I wanted to do something challenging and dark. And I always had loved, as Brad had, the horror genre. So it just was a natural for me."
Falchuk was intrigued by the idea of putting a different angle on the horror genre, stating that their main goal in creating the series was to scare viewers. "You want people to be a little bit off balance afterwards," he said. The dark tone of the series is modeled after the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows, which Murphy’s grandmother forced him to watch when he was younger to toughen him up.
Murphy and Falchuk drew inspiration from real life crimes. Murphy noted tour buses that go by Sharon Tate's house and clubs devoted to murder re-creations. He stated that the series explores people's general obsession with crime and murder. "It’s a way to circumvent your own anxiety in very anxious times," he said. "In times of economic anxiety, if you look at the template, two genres flourish: horror and musicals. I think people want to either be scared or completely forget about their troubles. As we go further into the series, we get into the economic anxieties."Murphy's other inspiration for the show came from the AMC series The Walking Dead, which premiered in 2010. He called it "the greatest TV viewing experience" of his life last year. Falchuk noted that American Horror Story's scariest moments to him come from the emotional drama that the Harmons must contend with, as opposed to the violent scenes.
In February 2011, FX officially announced that it had ordered a pilot for a possible series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, with both Murphy and Falchuk writing and Murphy directing. Dante Di Loreto was announced as executive producer. Production on the series began in April 2011. In July 2011, FX officially announced the project had been picked up to series.
- The show has received very varied responses, verging from the enthusiastic to complete rejection from critics. Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly gave it a score of B+ Chuck Barney of the San Jose Mercury News said "Most TV shows, after all, quickly fade from memory. This one will haunt your dreams." However, some critics, such as Alan Sepinwall, feel that the show just has scenes and sounds that people will want to forget.
- Production for the show began in February 2011, with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk generally composing the show.
- Casting began in late March and extended to late May, with the first cast member being Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon, and then Denis O'Hare as Larry, and Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon. In April, Jessica Lange joined as Constance, and Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters were cast as Violet Harmon and Tate Langdon, respectively. Alexandra Breckenridge and Frances Conroy were later cast as Moira O'Hara.
- Murder House' used in Season 1 is called the Rosenheim Mansion and has been used in various TV shows and movies.
- From the beginning, Murphy and Falchuk planned that each season of the series would tell a different story. After the first season finale aired, Murphy spoke of his plans to change the cast and location for the second season. He did say, however, that some actors who starred in the first season would be returning. "The people that are coming back will be playing completely different characters, creatures, monsters, etc. [The Harmons'] stories are done. People who are coming back will be playing entirely new characters," he announced.
Season 1: Murder House
|Number of Episodes||12|
|Part of Series||American Horror Story|
Murder House is the fan-given, retroactively assigned subtitle for the first season of American Horror Story or AHS. It ran from October 5, 2011 until December 21, 2011. First broadcasts of episodes were on FX in the United States.
The Harmons face many conflicts going on in their new home; the primary one stemming from Ben Harmon's adultery, and the subsequent fallout with his wife Vivien and daughter Violet. Other conflicts include the intrusive behavior of the neighbors, Constance and Adelaide, as well as intrusions from one of Dr. Harmon's patients, Tate. A parade of mysterious visitors to their haunted home, including the scarred Larry Harvey make the first year of the Harmons in Los Angeles very dangerous. The house seems to have a vivid history, ranging from brutal murders to demonic manifestations, and it seems to have its own agenda.
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Season 2: Asylum
Asylum is the subtitle for the second season, or miniseries, of American Horror Story. The miniseries premiered on October 17, 2012 and will run for thirteen episodes. First broadcasts of episodes are on FX in the United States.
In a New England sanitarium, presided by ministers of faith and science, the innocent and the mad run from greater dangers and their own pasts. Bookended by modern day explorations of the ruins, a darker mystery lies in wait for victims.
Season 3: Coven
Coven is the subtitle for the third season, or miniseries, of American Horror Story. A third story was announced on November 15, 2012, which will feature 13 episodes. It was announced at the 2013 PaleyFest panel that the story title would be "Coven". First broadcasts of episodes are on FX in the United States.
The plot details will not be known in full until Summer 2013 or later, but the setting will be in multiple time periods and cities (including New Orleans, LA). It will involve witches, which was hinted at in the "I Put A Spell on You" clue.
Jessica Lange was the first actor announced to be remaining in the troupe. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were also announced to be joining Jessica for season 3. Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga and Naomi Grossman have also been announced to be part of the cast, though the importance of their roles have not yet been revealed. Also confirmed, it will be in modern times, revolving around Lange's character. Ryan teased at actors from season 1 reprising a role for season 3 as well.